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Nov 13, 2012 1:00pm PST
that brought down the head of the cia, general david petraeus. another u.s. general is caught in the same tangled web. john allen, top commander in afghanistan, is being investigated by the pentagon for allegedly sending inappropriate e-mails to a married woman, the same woman whose complaint of threatening e-mails from general petraeus' lover cracked the scandal wide open. barbara starr is trying to sort this out for us. it is rather complicated, what's the latest you're getting? >> it is still the same fundamental question for the last 24 hours, wolf. why is john allen being investigated and how on earth did he get caught up in this? marine corps general john allen denies an extramarital affair with jill kelly, the florida socialite whose concern over threatening e-mails led to an investigation that revealed an affair between cia director david petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. a pentagon official told reporters allen who commands the war in afghanistan is adamant he did nothing wrong. a senior official close to allen tells cnn of kelly there is no affair, she's a bored soci
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Nov 12, 2012 5:00pm PST
led to david petraeus resigning as director of the cia. it certainly isn't the first sex scandal to bring down a powerful man in washington. it certainly won't be the last. but tonight there are growing questions about the timing of how the word got out, whether more people in the government should have been told or been told sooner that the fbi was investigating a case involving the director of the cia. we're keeping them honest as we do every night not to take sides, you can get that on other cable news channels, but to look for the truth, the facts. here's what we know right now about who knew what and when. according to "wall street journal" the fbi discovered the affair between petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell, in late summer. we'll have more on how in just a moment. so the fbi reportedly knew in late summer that the head of the cia was having an affair, but it wasn't until months later after election day that president obama found out, and the house and senate intelligence committees didn't find out until friday. congressional leaders from both parties are angry
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Nov 12, 2012 1:00pm PST
scandal that toppled the cia director. why did a republican congressman now about it before the white house? >>> also, new information about the woman at the center of the storm. her past makes the present all the more shocking. >>> plus, a crack, a serious crack in republican opposition to raising tax rates on the rich. a leading conservative now seems to be opening the door. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> intriguing new twists and turns in the scandal that's gripping washington, indeed the nation and much of the world. the affair that led general dividend petraeus to resign as director of the central intelligence agency. we're finding out that at least one lawmaker here in washington may have learned of it ahead of the president and there are questions about the investigation that led to petraeus' stunning downfall. brian todd's been working the story for us and getting new information. brian, tell our viewers what's the latest? >> we found out that the house majority leader, republican congressman eric cantor, may have found out almost two weeks before the pr
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Nov 12, 2012 2:00am PST
at the cia. lawmakers now questioning who knew what and when about david petraeus and his extramarital affair. >>> hurtling toward the fiscal cliff. lawmakers leaving the door open for compromise in congress. >> road rage on the nascar track. a crash leads to a wild melee between pit crews on live tv. >> that was ugly. >> it was. good morning, and welcome to "early start" i'm alison kosik. >> good morning, everybody, i'm alina cho. john and zoraida have the day off. it is 5:00 a.m. let's get started. up first, more fallout from the sudden and shocking resignation of cia director david petraeus, because of an extramarital affair. there are new details, and new questions this morning, about an fbi investigation that led to his departure. the fbi uncovered evidence of an affair between petraeus and his biographer paula broadwell, after she allegedly sent harassing e-mails to another woman she jealously thought was too close to petraeus. new york congressman peter king says there are far more questions than answers. >> this seems to have been going on for several months. yet now it appears that t
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Nov 16, 2012 6:00am PST
by the cia were different from the ones that were finally put out. as far as general petraeus, his testimony today was that from the start he had told us that this was a terrorist attack, terrorists involved from the start. my questions had a very different recollection of that, clear impression we were given is that the overwhelming amount of evidence is that it was -- rose out of a spontaneous demonstration and it was not a terrorist attack and pointed out the following week when matt olson said it was a terrorist attack and it made headlines because before then, the administration was saying it was not terrorists. it was very cordial, as you will. we all thanked him for his service. i think he has a different impression of the impressions he left on september 14th. >> mr. chairman, can you tell us whether or not his affair or security surrounding his affair came up at all? >> only in -- one question he was asked at the start, did that have any impact on his testimony. he said no. >> how are the talking points different? >> the original talking points were with much more specific about --
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Nov 15, 2012 6:00pm PST
will say, we are told, that the cia was able to disprove that. that the video at the end of the day didn't have much to do with it, if anything, but the problem is that disproving of that theory came after he first testified and briefed capitol hill and apparently after ambassador susan rice made those comments. >> that's why it's so significant, it also came after ambassador rice's appearance on the sunday shows, where she is now being grilled by john mccain and others. i'm talking to him in a few minutes. so it's very significant i think what general petraeus believed at the time. it does beg a belief, really, why would ambassador rice go on national television, having had a briefing we believe from the cia, which turned out to be flawed if the director of the cia right away knew this was an al qaeda affiliated group? >> yeah, you know, it's washington, isn't it. i mean, you know, the theory, what petraeus is expected to talk about is he had his talking points. he got them declassified, approved to go out there in public. when ambassador rice started talking from her talking points, th
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Nov 11, 2012 7:00pm PST
and the other woman and the other, other woman. could the now disgraced cia director uncover more than one extramarital affair? and although he stepped down, why general petraeus could be the only person to vindicate or incriminate the white house over the consulate attack in benghazi. >>> and plus, the grand old party in need of a makeover. >> you said that you not only had that problem, but you have -- >> an angry white man problem. >> republican leaders now admitting that the gop needs some new faces or face extinction. >>> and coast the coast, tribute s to men and women who fight for our freedom. tonight, we honor america's veterans. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon and we will go into more detail on all of those stories, but first we want to get you caught up on all of the headlines. >>> in parades all across america, people came out to thank our military heroes. paradegoers in new york aided victims of superstorm sandy collecting winter coats for those hit hardest by the storm. at arlington national cemetery president obama laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns and then met wit
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Nov 15, 2012 8:00pm PST
, developing story. petraeus corrects the record. there are new details coming in about the former cia director's highly anticipated testimony tomorrow on capitol hill. cnn has learned david petraeus will acknowledge he knew almost immediately after the attack that it was the work of al sharia, a militia group linked to al-qaeda. this is a significant dwom. it was five days after the benghazi incident when susan rice went on the sunday talk shows an said the attack grew out of a spontaneous demonstration against an antimuslim video. let's get right to the breaking report right now. barbara starr is at the pentagon. you've been breaking this. tell us what you're learning tonight about david petraeus' testimony on benghazi. >> i've spoken to a source close to petraeus, directly familiar with petraeus' thinking on this matter. petraeus, we are told, wants to go to the hill, set the record straight and tell everything he knows. he will start by saying indeed that he knew almost immediately after that it was ansar al sharia, but there was also confusion. he had about 20 intelligence reports linking
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Nov 14, 2012 1:00pm PST
up. standby. but first, the president's careful responses about the investigation of this former cia chief david petraeus and on negotiations to avoid what's called the fiscal cliff. our white house correspondent jessica yellin was over at the east strip of the white house. you had a chance to speak to the president and ask him about that looming fiscal cliff. >> reporter: hi, wolf. that's right, i did. i asked the president why anyone should believe that he won't cave off of his position that he will not extend bush tax cuts for the wealthiest since he did just that in 2010. he said that he made his case explicitly clear during the last election. and that the majority of americans agree with his position on this. listen to what the president said. >> i think every voter out there understood that that was an important debate. and the majority of voters agreed with me. by the way, more voters agreed with me on this issue than voted for me. so we've got a clear majority of the american people who recognize if we're going to be serious about deficit reduction, we've got to do it in a ba
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Nov 12, 2012 6:00am PST
petraeus from the cia's top post. today the military community reels from a spectacular fall from grace. >>> more fallout over obama care. with president obama winning re-election, more businesses taking a harder look at how the health care overhaul will affect their bottom line. some are now threatening hiring freezes and layoffs. >>> decking the halls before thanksgiving? not so fast. some stores are drawing the line over when they'll start celebrating the christmas season. >>> and watch out. a pit road brawl. rival nascar crews throw punches after a hit and run on the track. track. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> hello from washington. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with us on this monday morning. this morning a sex scandal tarnishing one of the most respected names in washington and raises questions about one of its most secretive agencies. three days after that extramarital affair forced general david petraeus to resign as director of the cia, lawmakers are demanding answers. why didn't the fbi inform them of the investigation? and
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Nov 14, 2012 9:00pm PST
that complaint within several months lead to the resignation of david petreaus. resignation of the cia director david petraeus and on that note, here is piers morgan tonight. >>> starting with breaking news tonight, you are looking at capitol hill where david petraeus is to testify in front of the senate committee. meanwhile, we are learning more about the agent who was the first to be identified to have started this. he said that the infamous shirtless picture he sent to her was a joke and several years ago. and now we will listen to what the president has to say about the argument over susan rice. >> if senator graham and senator mccain want to go after somebody, they should go after me, and i'm happy to have that discussion, but for them to gof a u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and simply making a prez sentation information she had receive and to besmirch her reputation is outrageo outrageous. >> if the president thinks that we are pick on people, he really does not have any idea of how serious this issue is. >> the benghazi battle turning into a hot issue. i will talk t
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Nov 14, 2012 6:00pm PST
of the cia. tell me why i shouldn't be skeptical. ? >> the fbi conducts many of investigations sometimes the are high profile and sometimes less high profile. this was a less high profile investigation but the fbi reports through the justice department and it does not notify the white house or the president about investigations that are underway. my experience is that we got told about indictments that were going to be coming forward and we were not consulted or informed about investigations underway. this is not just something that happens with a republican attorney general. >> you are talking about one of the top intelligence agencies. you are talking about the chief and over a sex scandal that could potentially and had brought him down. it is an issue whether you want to have political judgements exercised. there are no rules here. no laws here. no conventions here other than under a normal circ come stances, the fbi does not consult the white house in these kinds of investigations because no matter who is the president, you don't want the white house to be involved in making the deci
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Nov 16, 2012 2:00am PST
. >>> and david petraeus on the hot seat. the now ex-cia chief heads to capitol hill this morning with members of congress demanding answers. >>> good morning. welcome to "early start" everyone. happy friday. glad to see you. i'm john berman. >> nice to see you. i'm zonaida sambolin. >>> the i realsraelis pounding targets while palestinian militants continue to launch rockets into israel. israel calls up reservists in preparation for war. >> ben joins us by phone this morning. egypt's prime minister paid a visit to gaza. somehow that going so far? >> well, it was originally planned it would be a three-hour cease fire while the egyptian prime minister was making this visit to gaza. according to our sources, it doesn't appear either side significantly reduced their level of military activity in gaza. certainly before the sun came up there was an intense air attack on gaza itself. it may have been lessened somewhat in the morning while the prime minister was touring gaza. but after he's gone, it's expected to get back to the same pace. >> there are elections coming up not too long from now in isr
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Nov 12, 2012 1:00am PST
heard in new york, new workweek in washington, new twists and turns in the resignation of the cia director david petraeus. top members of congress spoke out on the sunday shows unhappy that they were the last to know about details that were brought to life about his relationship with h biographer paula broadwell. and we hear that the house spokesman eric cantor did know, and his spokesman said he got the information from a whistle-blower. our athena jones has more. >> reporter: as more facts emerge about the circumstances surrounding david petraeus' job, so do questions. >> i have so many questions. >> reporter: like who knew what when about complaint s that paula broadwell sent harassing e-mails to a woman close to petraeus. according to a u.s. official it was that probe that revealed an affair between petraeus and broadwell. james clapper learned of an investigation in a phone call from the fbi on election night. clapper told the white house wednesday according to a senior u.s. intelligence official, but it is unclear when the fbi probe began. >> the fbi director had the obligat
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Nov 14, 2012 7:00pm PST
that the station chief from the cia said this was a terrorist attack. obvious to one and all that this was not a "spontaneous demonstration." in real time, they saw there was no demonstration. the -- ms. rice, i hope saw am -- ambassador rice i hope saw that immediately after she spoke, the head of the libyan national assembly, the president of it, said this was an al qaeda attack. everybody knew it was an al qaeda attack, and she continued to tell the world, through all the talk shows, that that it was a "spontaneous demonstration sparked by a video." that's not competence in my view, and think she should have known and she has never yet to this -- at this point declared that she was wrong. and the president is the one who is ultimately responsible, but that is not an acceptable person in my vow to be secretary of state. >> but the dni seemed to be backing her up, saying we disseminated the intelligence to the executive branch, to members of congress. do you think they are falling on their swords, you think they didn't do that? possible they were just wrong and gave out the
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Nov 15, 2012 1:00pm PST
: that's right. this is a group of officials from the cia including the acting cia director, mr. clapper and others from the state department have been going around. they had a very long meeting on the house side for the house intelligence committee this morning. by the way, this is the one that general petraeus was supposed to be doing coming back after congress was gone and really giving them the details that they have about what happened in benghazi, why the intelligence community may have not had the correct initial information about what happened there and what they know now. that briefing on the senate side is going on as we speak. and as i mentioned, we're going to hear from the chairwoman in the ranking republican. what we do know is that they are seeing a video that was obtained from the consulate. it was a closed circuit video that intelligence officials are hoping will shed light on what really happened and why the information they had at the time may not be what it turned out to be in the end. >> dana, thanks very much. we'll have much more on this part of the story coming up
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Nov 16, 2012 4:00am PST
7:30 eastern. the former cia -- the now former cia director will be asked to tell lawmakers everything he knows about the september 11th attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >>> president obama touring hurricane sandy devastation in new york. flying over ravaged neighborhoods in queens, and comforting devastated homeowners, in tents and in the streets of staten island yesterday. the president also assigned a point person for the sandy recovery effort, new yorker sean donovan who is the secretary of the department of housing and urban development. >>> take a look at this dramatic new video just released by the new york and new jersey port authorities. two path train stations under water. look at that. one in jersey city, the other in hoboken. service at both stations remains suspended nearly three weeks after sandy. now nearly all the equipment for signaling and the train equipment was damaged or destroyed. actually missed a classified briefing about the incident, including most republican members of a senate committee investigating the attack. among them senator john m
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Nov 16, 2012 10:00pm PST
of the house intelligence committee. former cia director david petraeus testified about the attack before the committee today in a closed-door session and he did the same on the senate side. the retired general was on the hill for five hours. according to congressman king, petraeus told them the attack on benghazi was an act of terrorism committed by al qaeda, christopher stevens and three other americans were killed in that assault. five days after the attack on the sunday morning talk shows there was no talk of a terrorist attack from susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. she kept her talking points and blamed the deadly attack on outrage over an anti-muslim movie although she did say it was early in the days of the investigation and there was the possiblist an al qaeda group being involved in the escalation of violence, but at that point they had not been able to decide one way or the other who was involved and those talking points were first put out by the cia and went through various agencies and even the white house before ambassador rice used them on september 16th. last nigh
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Nov 19, 2012 8:00pm PST
is a possibility, but does it add up? and new questions tonight in the benghazi investigation. the cia talking points. congress wants to know who changed the talking points an why and we think we know who did. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone, i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, under attack. day six of the conflict between israel and gaza. is there an end in sight? tonight, thousands of israeli troops are poised at the border, ready to move at gaza. negotiations speer headed by egypt are ongoing, and tonight the united nations secretary-general ban ki-moon arrived in cairo, just hours after egypt's intelligence chief gave an israeli delegation a letter from hamas outlining its conditions for a cease-fire. so far on the israeli side, officials say throw people have died. 68 have been wounded as the result of rocket fire from gaza and in gaza, officials say 104 people have been killed. 860 have been wounded since the conflict began. as for fire power, israel says militants in gaza have fired nearly 1,000 rockets at israel. 570 of them have actually struck israel. another 307 ha
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Nov 18, 2012 8:00am PST
. >> rah geofjivrajiv, in a piecen a piece he had to resign as cia director and he became famous as a general and commander that he had fallen. >> oh, indeed. both sides in some way are culpable here. both sides are responsible for building him up. yes, petraeus grasped before many of his fellow generals, the power of the media narrative in shaping the modern battlefield story and he reached out to journalists, to authors, and not to think tank experts and others bringing him to iraq and afghanistan to observe what was going on. he under thstood that the stori of the wars would not be shaped just on the ground but also in washington. what he did there was sort of -- it's now sort of become ceched wisdom within the military but back in the early day of iraq, it was sort of pioneering. >> there was a distance between the people running the war and the journalists who were covering the war. tara mckelvey, you have an acquaintan acquaintanceship with paula broadwell? she was over tour kwlo your hou? >> at the time, i read. and she and i talked about petraeus. and paula, she sort of t
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Nov 14, 2012 5:00pm PST
. it was obvious within the 24 hours that the station chief from the cia had said that this was a terrorist attack. it was obvious to one and all that this was not a quote spontaneous demonstration because in realtime, they saw that there was no demonstration. ms. rise, i hope, saw ambassador rise, i hope, saw when i was on "face the nation" that immediately after she spoke, the head of the national assembly said it was an al qaeda attack. every one new that. and she continued to tell the world through all the talkshows that, that it was a quote spontaneous demonstration sparked by a video. that is not competence in ny view. and i think that she should have known and she has never yet at this point declared that she was wrong. and the president is the one who is ultimately responsible, but that is not an acceptable person in my view to be secretary of state. >> the dmi seems to be backing her up saying we desemnated the intelligence to members of ago. do you think they are falling on their source? do you think they were wrong and gave out faulty inintelligence? >> the other cia station chief withi
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Nov 15, 2012 5:00pm PST
. let us know what you think. >>> up next, former cia director david petraeus is going to tell congress when he testifies on the benghazi attack tomorrow. we've got some sources that have information on that. >>> plus, reaction to the video the lawmakers got to see today of the attack on the consulate as it unfolded. the first time they have seen that. we're told it was surveillance video from a drone. we'll talk to law makers on both sides of the aisle and see what they think happened on september 11th in libya. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] this is steve. he loves risk. but whether he's climbing everest, scuba diving the great barrier reef with sharks, or jumping into the market, he goes with people he trusts, which is why he trades with a company that doesn't nickel and dime him with hidden fees. so he can worry about other things, like what the market is doing and being ready, no matter what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. which isn't rocket science. thank you, mr. speaker, uh, members of congress. in celebration of over 75
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Nov 18, 2012 9:00am PST
. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> there's no calm after the election storm. >>> today, the ex cia chief thought bon gonzales ee attack. >> if senator mccain and graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. >> the president of the united states did not tell the american people the truth about the attacks. >> that and a terrifying bust of hostilities between israel and hamas. all the headlines with senate intelligence committee member roy blunt and house intelligence ranking member. ruthless berger. then back away from the fiscal cliff. can they? a conversation with the number two senate democrat dick durban and tom price. chairman of the house republican policy committee. also, republican carlos gutierrez. >> we must be the party of immigration. >> our follow-up conversation with a man who led mitt romney's outreach to latinos. >>> plus, the politics of scandal. the jackie calmes of the "new york times" and jerry seib and cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr. i'm candy crowley, and this is "state of the union." >>> good morning from washington. with all
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Nov 15, 2012 2:00am PST
, not from the dni. second of all, it was obvious within 24 hours that the station chief from the cia had said that this was a terrorist attack. and she continued to tell the world through all the talk shows, that it was a, quote, spontaneous demonstration sparked by a video. that's not competence in my view. and the president is the one who is ultimately responsible. that is not an acceptable person, inmy view, to be secretary of state. >> president obama says it is important to find out exactly what happened there but it's outrageous for senator mccain or other republicans to go after miss rice, that it's the president who's responsible, that he should be the one if they want to point fingers or go after anyone. zoraida? >> dan lothian live in washington for us. thank you. >> okay. >>> new developments this morning in "the apprentice" sex scandal leading back to square one. we know the identity of the fbi agent who helped start the investigation that eventually led to the former cia director's resignation. his name is frederick humphries ii, 47 years old and a veteran investigator. also
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Nov 12, 2012 4:00am PST
on the investigation that led petraeus to resign as a cia director over an extramarital affair. with that resignation, petraeus might not have to testify this week at a congressional hearing on the benghazi consulate attack. cnn's barbara starr is following that story from the pentagon. good morning. >> good morning, soledad. well, look, at least at this point, there's no indication publicly of a national security breach. but that doesn't mean the questions aren't growing. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are questioning the timing behind the revelation. house majority leader eric cantor said an fbi employee told him in october about the petraeus affair. by that time an fbi investigation was already under way. the fbi told the director of national intelligence james clapper on election night, according to a senior u.s. intelligence official. the white house says it was notified the day after the election, and the president the following day. that doesn't make sense to house homeland security chairman peter king. >> this seems to have been going on for several months yet now it appears they're say
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Nov 14, 2012 2:00am PST
as cia director. now john allen, top adviser in afghanistan, is being investigated for flirtatious e-mails he exchanged with kelley over a two-year period. >> kelley is pleading for privacy now even though she finds herself in the middle of a real-life soap and a here. we are hearing her voice now for the first time in a 911 call to tampa police, that was last weekend, she called to complain about the people outside her house citing diplomatic protection, which she doesn't have. listen to this. >> you know i don't know if by any chance, um, because i'm on in their council general, so i have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get technical, but because it's against the law to cross my property since this is now like you know it's inviable. >> let's start with jill, leon panetta delivered new comments on the scandal hours ago. is the defense department at the tip of the investigation and what's the latest here? >> well, we'll get to that vote of confidence by mr. panetta in a second, but really the main thing that seems to be now
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Nov 14, 2012 11:00am PST
or our cia thinks. their number one priority is to protect american lives. that's what our job is. now -- ed, we're -- i'll put forward -- i will put forward every bit of information that we have. i can can tell you that immediately upon finding out that our folks were in danger, that my orders to my national security team were do whatever we need to do to make sure they're safe. and that's the same order i would give anytime that i see americans are in danger, whether they're civilian, or military. because that's our number one priority. with respect to the issue of mandate, i've got one mandate. i've got a mandate to help middle class families and families that are working hard to try to get into the middle class. that's my mandate. that's what the american people said. they said, work really hard to help us. don't worry about the politics of it. don't worry about the party interests. don't worry about the special interests. just work really hard to see if you can help us get ahead because we're working really hard out here and we're still struggling a lot of us. that's my mandate. i
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Nov 17, 2012 3:00am PST
on both sides of the aisle. i think it was also important as the director of the cia at the incident was important he testified. i think it was important for our country, our intelligence community and for general petraeus and his family to bring closures to the issues bothering him. one of the issues a lot of people were putting out that, in fact, he resigned so he wouldn't have to testify about benghazi. that is ridiculous. he stated today that was not the case. >> that was just some of the verbal fireworks from this week. much more on benghazi and hearings next hour. i'll talk with the former fbi director how he handled the issue. >>> setting the scene in israel. the battle is heating up there between israel and hamas. we'll look at the fire power in play. ♪two of a kind ♪for your information ♪we're two of a kind ♪two of a kind ♪it's my observation ♪we're two of a kind ♪like peas in a pod ♪and birds of a feather ♪alone or together you'll find ♪that we are two-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, of a kind♪ well that was uncalled for. folks who save hundreds of dollars
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Nov 17, 2012 9:00am PST
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Nov 19, 2012 4:00pm PST
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Nov 13, 2012 2:00am PST
cost the cia director his job, the alleged affair cost him his job. welcome back to "early start." >>> it's 28 minutes past the hour now. >>> another big shoe droming in the sex scandal that cost david petraeus his job as cia director. the man who succeeded him as commander of u.s. and nato forces in afghanistan, general john allen is now under investigation for alleged inappropriate communications with jill kelly. the general denies any wrongdoing. >>> the pentagon says allen will continue his role in afghanistan while the matter is being investigated. jill kelly is described as an unpaid socially liaison at a military base in tampa. she is a petraeus family friend who triggered the fbi investigation after receiving anonymous threatening e-mails from the woman at the center of the scandal. >> that would be petraeus' biographer and mistress, paula broadwell. their extramarital affair began after petraeus retired and became cia director in september of last year. a team of fbi agents were searching broadwell's home in charlotte, north carolina, overnight. >> and we have two report
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Nov 16, 2012 1:00pm PST
for the first time since his shocking resignation as the cia chief. what he's now telling lawmakers about the attack in libya that killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. wç?q9iuó >>> exactly one week after a surprise resignation as cia director, david petraeus was on capitol hill this morning. he was testifying behind closed doors. we're now hearing what he told the senate and house intelligence committees about the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash has been watching what's going on. what are you hearing, dana? what did petraeus have to say? >> reporter: one of the main reasons they wanted him to come here because he took a trip to libya and he hadn't had a chance to come here and brief lawmakers on. but another was to try to clear up -- i emphasize try, some confusion about intelligence especially in the days after the attack. cameras were ready before dawn hoping to catch a glimpse of david petraeus coming to brief lawmakers about the deadly attack in benghazi one week after resigning in disgrace. petr
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Nov 27, 2012 4:00pm PST
there was some cia activity there. what exactly it was and what the cia's told involvement was, why there was a consulate there, wasn't even a consulate, didn't do normal consulate duties. what was it all about? by won't know until the investigation is completed and released. >> senator ayotte said when you're an ambassador to the united nations -- i want to get your thoughts on this. she said, look, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation responsibilities. i guess the implication being that she would have been aware of other things that were different or contradicted directly to what she went and said on television. does this cast any doubt on her story? general clark has made what i've heard from everybody who knows her that she is an incredibly honest and forthright person. >> well, i think there's a bigger question here, erin, and that's the credibility of the administration on these national security issues and whether they politicized a national security issue that led to the death of four americans. i mean, i do -- i don't agree that the ameri
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Nov 28, 2012 1:00pm PST
cia director has some serious problems as well. president obama pulls out all the stops to keep middle class taxes low, but will congress go along with higher taxes for the rich? plus, a long secret u.s. plan, get this, to explode an atomic bomb on the moon. what were they thinking? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> today we may be at the tipping point for one of the most important decisions president obama needs to make as he begins his second term. on capitol hill republicans including moderate republicans are sending the president a clear warning, don't nominate susan rice to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. rice is the current u.s. ambassador to the united nations. she spent a second day meeting with senators trying to explain some of her inaccurate comments she made after the september 11th terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. cnn's senior congressional correspondent dana bash is joining us now from capitol hill with the very latest. what happened today, dana? >> reporter: wolf, it was one thing for susan rice to be criticize
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Nov 28, 2012 4:00am PST
're even more concerned, centers around the information that the cia had just after the attack about possible involvement in the benghazi attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and those three other americans. now, ambassador rice did not make reference to this information in her talk show appearances. the unclassified talking points she used were provided by the cia, were stripped of these references to al qaeda, because the information was classified and couldn't be delivered in public. now, after the meeting, ambassador rice acknowledged those talking points turned out to be incorrect. but that she stressed she and the administration never meant to mislead the american people. and what the senators are saying is, as a cabinet member, ambassador rice is privy to this conflicting information, she should have been more discerning when she went on those talk shows, and that the secretary of state should ambassador rice be nominated needs more independent, not just held to party lines. let's take a listen to what senators graham and ayotte said yesterday after those meetings. >> b
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Nov 14, 2012 4:00am PST
and he was forced to resign as the cia director. well, now the general john allen, who is the top u.s. commander in afghanistan, is being investigated for trading alleged quote flirtatious e-mails with ms. kelley over the last couple of years. we're hearing from ms. kelley for the first time in a 911 call to t don't know if by any chance, because i'm an honorary consul general, so i have inviolability, so they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. but now it's against the law to cross my property since this is now like, you know, it's inviolable. >> all right. no problem. i'll let the officers know. >> thank you. >> meantime, the senate intelligence committee wants to be briefed both by petraeus and his replacement, michael morrell. cnn's jill dougherty is at the state department digging into some of this really confusing web i think it's fair to say. good morning to you, jill. >> hey, soledad. you know, let's begin with that honorary consul general. in tampa, apparently, from what we can understand, jill kel
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Nov 16, 2012 6:00pm PST
of a ground invation. first, inside the capital where general petraeus testifies about gen gassy, the ex-cia chief brought down by an affair showed it was a terrorist attack. he also said it was intentionally withheld with his affairs of tipping off the terrorist group. the cia's talking points in response to the missile initially calling it a terrorist attack that was edited out of the final version. the change was not made for political reasons. bear with me now as congressman, ranking member of intelligence. welcome to you. >> good to be here, pierce. >> we now know the white house, the statement coming from tommy. >> the talking points about the intelligence, and the white house and state department changing consulate to diplomatic facility for ak ras pep a line being drawn by the white house that they didn't change anything that the intelligence report went to susan rice other than what you named the consulate or dip the maic facility. what do you make of that? >> well, what is the issue that has been raised as a result of that? i think we all know the intelligence community had created
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Nov 27, 2012 1:00pm PST
of the woman at the center of the scandal that forced the resignation of cia director david petraeus. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the obama administration's latest attempt to explain the misleading information given out in the days after the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. four americans including the u.s. ambassador to libya died in what we now know was a terrorist attack. but that isn't what the u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice said when she went on national television five days after the attack. today rice is up on capitol hill. she's explaining what happened and some big-name republicans clearly are not very happy with her answers. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash is following what's become a pretty long day -- a tiring day for the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. what's the latest, dana? >> reporter: wolf, the three republican senators who had vowed to block susan rice from being secretary of state if the president nominates her had really softened the rhetoric in recent days. i'm told the r
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Nov 27, 2012 6:00am PST
, it was ambassador rice who asked for these meetings. she will be accompanied by acting cia director mike morel. what's interesting is that we've seen some of the harshest criticism has been sort of toned down as we heard there from senator john mccain. from threatening to block her nomination as possible secretary of state to a willingness to hear her out, senator john mccain seems to be dialing back his public opposition to ambassador susan rice. >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to discipline herself and her position. >> another vocal critic, senator lindsey graham, is still expressing doubts about her but avoided answering whether he would stand in the way of a rice nomination. >> when she comes over, if she does, there will be a lot of questions asked of her about this event and others. >> whether this apparent new tone is a real shift in thinking prompted by political pressure or more nuance language, the white house is all ears. >> certainly saw those comments and appreciate them as the president has said and i and others have said. ambassador rice has done an excellent j
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Nov 28, 2012 2:00am PST
suggesting it was sparked by a spontaneous protest accompanied by acting cia director michael morell, rice explained she was using unclassified talking points which were stripped of references to al qaeda, still classified by the intelligence community. so rice used the word extremist. >> extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. >> reporter: a source inside the meeting tells cnn rice admitted to gop senators she was aware of classified information suggesting al qaeda was behind the attack, and yet gop senators point out she still said this publicly. >> we have decimated al qaeda. >> reporter: cnn also was told rice tried to clarify to gop senators what she meant was al qaeda's poor leadership has been decimated but gop senators say it is proof rice was putting pre-election spin before national security. >> it was unjustified to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >> reporter: ambassador rice, what do you say to republicans who say your comments were politically motivated? rice didn't answer our questio
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Nov 19, 2012 10:00pm PST
. also former cia officer bob baer joins us, also barbara starr, pentagon correspondent. in terms of seeing weapons being used here and increasingly sophisticated rockets that are being used, where are they coming from? where are they being smuggled in from? >> they are coming from egypt through tunnels under the desert. most of the components for the rockets are from iran. iran has been building up hamas' capabilities for two decades now. they're getting more and more sophisticated. some of the smaller weapons are being smuggled the same way but they're coming from places like libya. so there's multiple sources. i think what we're seeing with the weaponry from hamas, it's getting better and better. >> ben, you have spent a lot of time here. you've been to rocket making factories as we discussed at the top of the program. but the technology of how the rockets are being fired has changed. >> yes. before, what they were doing was these quick launches, they had three minutes just to set up the rocket, light it and leave, aiming really didn't come into it. now they have automated remo
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Nov 17, 2012 11:00am PST
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Nov 19, 2012 2:00am PST
. the cause of that explosion is still under investigation. >>> now to the latest and former cia director david petraeus' sex scandal. mistress paula broadwell returning to her north carolina home. cameras were waiting as she and her husband pulled in yesterday. her husband scott told reporters he had no comment right now. meanwhile after petraeus' testimony before congress, a big battle is brewing over u.n. ambassador susan rice's declassified talking points on the attack in benghazi. specifically why the role of terrorism wasn't reflected in them. democratic senator dianne feinstein, the chairwoman of the senate intelligence committee, says she'll investigate why the terrorist role wasn't included. still in an appearance on nbc's meet the press, feinstein said she was sure the white house didn't change the language in those talking points. >> with the allegation that the white house changed those talking points, that is false. there's only one thing that was changed. and i checked into this. i believe it to be absolute fact. and that was the word counsel was changed to mission. that's t
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Nov 22, 2012 6:00am PST
general petraeus when he was running the cia and his involvement with it. it's ridiculous. ambassador rice made it clear in terms of where she got the talking points from. the republicans in the senate want to attack the white house, want to attack rice. they don't want her to be secretary of state. they don't want to say a word about the intelligence community. i say rice was right to fire back. they should push back. it should be just as aggressive in terms of laying out this is where we got the information from. and even condoleezza rice on fox news said, look, in this kind of situation, you get tons of information and it is always evolving and changing. >> so, caden, is roland right or is senator mccain right? is there more there there? >> i think roland is wrong. let's look at senator graham from south carolina also. if you know his history and senator graham's history, once they dig in, they're not going to quit. what they're looking for is the truth. they've asked for a special prosecutor. eric holder and his own appointees look at this. we have a history here. look. go back to scoo
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Nov 16, 2012 4:00pm PST
points other than to say the original talking points by the cia were different than the ones that were finally put out. >> national security council spokesman tommy veder says rice's talking points were produced by the intelligence committee, and that, quote, the white house and state department offered one edit changing consulate to "diplomatic facility" for accuracy. he was on the intelligence house committee and he was at the hearing with petraeus today. what do you make of all this? you know republicans were saying there were some kind of political shenanigans going on. you heard the testimony. what do you think? >> there was never any evidence to back that up. it was clear the intelligence committee at the outset got that wrong. their assessment at the time, and this included general petraeus when he initially met with us, they thought there was a protest out in front of the consulate. they thought the violence took place either during the protest or after the protest. yes, there were militants involved, yes, there were terrorists involved, but they thought it began spontaneously.
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